Hybrid Author: Self + Conventional Publishing

Writing, editing, and publishing a book with a publishing house is hard. You have to collaborate with your editor, cover designer, and production team. You have to follow house rules. You need to meet deadlines and be on time. Writing, editing, and publishing a book by yourself is also hard. Forget a pre-assigned editor and […]

Notes on Writing a Novel

Each morning I confirm my purpose as a writer with a ritual: My perpetually open bedroom blinds serve as a visual alarm. Checking the weather and tides app on my phone help me determine if the day’s exercise will be rowing or hiking. Reviewing news alerts confirm that life still exists outside of my door. […]

Are Websites Stealing Your Work?

We keep hearing from people who see their articles or book chapters reprinted in blogs, or offered for sale on various websites, without their knowledge or consent. One member recently demanded payment from such a blog, and got it. But if that fails, you can have the work removed by invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act […]

NWU Condemns All Terror Attacks

The National Writers Union condemns in the strongest possible terms, the brutal terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on November 13. We also condemn similar attacks that took place in Beirut on November 11, at a funeral in Baghdad the previous week, and the bombing of the Russian commercial flight traveling from Sharm al-Sheikh […]

For Book Lovers Only: Jo Anne Meekins

NWU Member Jo Anne Meekins was interviewed by host Rob Brown on the “For Book Lovers Only” show in Laurel, MD.  Jo Anne, author of six books to date, discusses her work and writing process.  She touches on forgiveness, self-publishing, and divine inspiration, as she authentically shares her personal experiences and employs tips and techniques in […]

Fight for $15 Protest

NEW YORK, November 10, 2015 – Tens of thousands of fast-food, airport, child-care, home- care and many more underpaid workers took to the streets in 500 cities across the country today, demanding a minimum wage of $15 per hour. It’s estimated that there are 64 million workers making less than $15 an hour, including hundreds […]

NWU and SFWA comments to the US Copyright Office on “Mass Digitization”

The NWU and our fellow writers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) have filed joint comments with the US Copyright Office in response to a public inquiry concerning the possibility of a “pilot program” for mass digitization of written work through the legal device of “extended collective licensing” (ECL) and […]

Writers Attend White House Summit

          The White House Summit on Worker Voice on October 7 brought together workers, including writers, labor leaders, business owners, government officials, and advocates.             President Obama told those gathered in the East Room: “We should be making it easier, not harder, for folks to join a union.” Yet he cautioned that those who would […]

TV Writers Rally, Unionize

At the latest rally in Manhattan for the unionized writers at Original Media, writers at a sister reality TV production company, Leftfield Entertainment, announced on October 13 that they voted to unionize by a 2-1 margin. Original Media, owned by international, multimillion dollar conglomerate Endemol Shine Group, produces shows such as Ink Master, Comic Book […]